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Volume 24 No. 154

People and Pop Culture

The Falcons promoted Senior VP/Marketing JIM SMITH to Senior VP/Sales & Marketing. Smith will also keep the CMO title and take the sales role from DAVID COHEN, who left to start his own consulting firm. In his new role, Smith will oversee all ticket sales, premium seats, digital media and special events (THE DAILY).

COME SAIL AWAY: The America’s Cup Advisory Board added NFL Jets President JAY CROSS, ESPN Senior Production Specialist GEOFFREY MASON, Global Options Group Chair HARVEY SCHILLER, former MLB Commissioner PETER UEBERROTH and Wasserman Media Group Chair & CEO CASEY WASSERMAN (America’s Cup).

EXECS: The Lakers promoted GLENN CARRARO to Assistant GM. Carraro served as both Lakers Dir of Basketball Administration and NBA D-League L.A. D-Fenders GM. He will retain his title with the D-Fenders (Lakers). Carraro fills the Assistant GM position that has been “unoccupied since the Lakers did not renew RONNIE LESTER’s contract last year” (, 5/29)....Fenway Sports Management hired JOE HOCKENJOS as Senior VP/Sales. Prior to FSM, Hockenjos was Head of Business Development & Sports Sales for NCC Media, a company jointly owned by Comcast, TWC and Cox (FSM)....Global Spectrum named MICHAEL TISCHLER Sun National Bank Center Event Manager. He replaces TODD STOUDENMIRE, who was named Event Manager at Wells Fargo Center (Global Spectrum)....CFL Edmonton Eskimos Media Relations Dir DAVE JAMIESON resigned Thursday after 14 years with the company (EDMONTON SUN, 6/1)....Northern Michigan Univ.  named Univ. of Alaska-Fairbanks AD FORREST KARR to the same position (NMU)....Utah State Univ. named UCLA Assistant AD/Major Gifts JOEL MOERSCH Assistant AD for Development & Major Gifts (Utah State).

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In St. Louis, Jennifer Mann noted former Rams equipment manager TODD HEWITT is “suing the team for his 2011 firing, claiming age discrimination.” Hewitt claims that he was “among a batch of employees over age 50 who were fired or forced into retirement after STEVE SPAGNUOLO took over as Rams coach in January 2009.” Hewitt in the suit claims that when the team “decided not to renew his contract in January 2011 … he was 10 months short of early retirement eligibility that kicks in at age 55, which would have offered extended health insurance for him and his family.” The suit “seeks unspecified damages on a claim of employment discrimination” (, 5/31).

NAMES: In Boston, Todd Wallack cites Massachusetts financial statements that note former MLBer CURT SCHILLING “posted 3,200 gold coins," worth roughly $5M, as "collateral for a loan from Bank Rhode Island in Providence" for his 38 Studios video game company (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/1)....NFL Giants DE OSI UMENYIORA has “parted ways with his agent of five years," TONY AGNONE, after he was “unable to get a new contract or a trade to another team” (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 6/1)….Bears LBs LANCE BRIGGS and BRIAN URLACHER are “teaming up for a charity signing” on Friday at the Lake Barrington Field House in Illinois to benefit to BRIDGET KENNICOTT, who is “bound to a wheelchair, feeds through a tube and requires a series of medications in the morning and at night” (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 6/1)….The SEC and its member schools are "donating $100,000 to the Pat Summit Foundation Fund to help fight Alzheimer's disease" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 6/1).

IN MEMORY: Basketball HOFer JACK TWYMAN passed away Wednesday at age 78. Family members said that he passed "from an aggressive form of blood cancer." Twyman played 11 NBA seasons and also worked as a TV analyst on NBA games. His "most famous work as an announcer" came in Game Seven of the '70 NBA Finals between the Knicks and the Lakers when Twyman "stopped himself mid-sentence" to announce that he saw then-Knicks C WILLIS REED coming through the player tunnel (, 5/31).